First Look: Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's District 9

April 18, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

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Although we still have yet to see a trailer, Sony has released a first look photo from Neill Blomkamp's District 9 in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (via SlashFilm). We were only just shown the first glimpse of footage from Blomkamp's alien film at ShoWest a few weeks ago, so it's still a big secret. Seen in the photo below is the character Wikus (Sharlto Copley), a Multi-National United agent who becomes infected by alien biotechnology. He must go on the run from the oppressive government into District 9, a internment camp where "non-humans" have been forced to live since landing on Earth nearly 30 years ago.

District 9 First Look Photo

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their mysterious biotechnology.

District 9 is both written and directed by first-timer Neill Blomkamp, a South African filmmaker who previously directed the awesome Halo: Arms Race shorts. The screenplay was co-written by Blomkamp and writing partner Terri Tatchell. This project is based on Blomkamp's short film Alive in Joburg, which can be seen online here. Sony will be bringing District 9 to theaters everywhere on August 14th this summer.

To find out more on the viral for District 9, head over to our comprehensive introduction article.

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  • jay
    Cant wait for this!!!!!!
  • Al
    looks very cool
  • Scott McHenry
    Cool name Sharlto, anyways I really want to see this
  • Ian @ MovieViral
    Finally something for the people who weren't able to see the ShoWest footage. Looks awesome; can't wait for the trailer and more viral updates!
  • Hey Ya
    Ugh I hate this!!! Show us something already! It comes out decently soon!!!
  • james has stuf on it.
  • D-9
    Holy Crap! There is so much coming out this year, and this is at the top pf my list!
  • Thrasher
    In front of the camera now 😉 Wicked Sharlto! Dig the image... Looks awesome!
  • Lauren
    Damn couz Sharlto...never knew you could look so evil he he!! Tallk about giving us the evil eye...whew... Hope the movie is a huge success- you deserve of South Africa's most talented visionaries in the film industry!
  • This movie looks and sounds like an absolute winner. Waiting for it to come to a theatre near me in The Netherlands. What a hugely talented crowd these South African movie producers are!
  • Lauren
    Few people are aware that Sharlto Copley, who plays the lead role in District 9, is also an extremely talented and accomplished film producer and director himself with several awards and accolades to his credit for his creative work! This guy is one of the talented and creative young artists in SA...with rave reviews already about district 9 he is undoubtedly destined for international stardom.




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